2020 Luncheon – Update

Announcement: Our luncheon is cancelled for 2020.

 

But Let’s Keep Our Circle Strong!

— Please see our video, right, for details. —

To support Madison’s Public Schools responsively and completely during the COVID-19 crisis, we are re-focusing both our attention and resources – away from our annual Circle of Friends fundraiser luncheon — toward the immediate support of MMSD and MSCR. As such, we will NOT gather in person on Wednesday, May 20 for the Circle of Friends luncheon.

Instead, in response…

Last week – responsive to district-wide precautions around COVID-19 – we created two emergency resource funds. Each of these funds is established to address the unique needs of these critical community assets for the foreseeable future.

So, while circumstances will keep us from gathering in person come May, we hope you will join us in supporting these responsive efforts with a contribution. Together, we can provide the resources needed right now to best support our students and their families. Together we can keep our metaphorical circle as strong as ever.

Please consider the $100 you may have spent on a ticket to Circle of Friends 2020 and give that as a gift to one of the funds below. You can click to donate: 

 

Our re-focused efforts are already making a positive impact!

We will continue to bring you positive stories of the Foundation’s role in bringing the community together in support of MMSD and MSCR. And we are thinking of you and sending you and your loved ones – and every school, staff member, scholar and family in our district – all the best during this challenging time. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors: 

We are grateful to see our community joining this effort already. The following organizations, who had previously committed to sponsoring Circle of Friends 2020, have all let us know that we can keep their sponsorship dollars despite the event cancellation. We are so grateful to these partners for their consistent, wonderful support during uncertain times.

Premier

Leaders

Scholars

Access Community Health Centers
American Girl Brands, LLC
DEMCO
First Business Bank
Full Compass Systems, LTD
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Madison Community Foundation

M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.
NeuGen / WEA Trust
Summit Credit Union
UW Health, UnityPoint Health – Meriter & Quartz
WEA Member Benefits
Wipfli, LLP

In-Kind Sponsors

Sponsors – Community Partnerships Program

Premier Sponsor

Sponsor

The Annual Circle of Friends Luncheon

 

Traditionally, the Circle of Friends luncheon celebrates our community’s greatest assets:  Madison’s public schools. The Madison Metropolitan School District’s passionate faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that every student graduates ready for college, career, and community. While they have made great strides in achieving this goal, city-wide support is fundamental to guaranteeing every student reaches their full potential.

Please Note: As the weeks progress, we will also stay in touch with you about a campaign to welcome our new superintendent, Dr. Matthew Gutierrez, and indeed to welcome our students and staff back for a magnificent 2020-21 MMSD school year! Stay tuned!

Thank you to our Table Captains

A special thank you to our table captains, who are true ambassadors in their own circle of friends for our shared vision of supporting Madison’s public schools and helping every child to excel.

2019 Table Captains

Barbara Arnold

Mary Bartzen

Mary Kay Battaglia

Ana Bonjour (Event Committee Chair)

Nan Brien

Cathy Caro-Bruce

Mendy Doris

Jessica Doyle

John Duffy

Karen Falkner

Barb and Chet Gerlach

Cathy Gillman

Susan Goodwin

Sandy Gunderson

Steve Hartley

Chris Hodge

Betsy Huebel

Colleen Johnson

Howard Landsman

Elaine Lohr

Deb Neff

Beth O’Callaghan

Phil Ouellette

Monica Pembroke

Hannah Pinkerton

Claudia Pogreba

Kathy Price

Judy Reed

Mary Romolino

Jean Rush

Melissa Scholz

Orange and Dean Schroeder

Nancy Schultz

Michelle Slawny (Event Committee Member)

Michael Walsh

Nancy Wettersten

Cassidy Wartenweiler

Jessica Yehle (Event Committee Member)

2018 Table Captains

Barb Arnold
Mary Bartzen
Mary Kay Battaglia
Carol Carstensen
Carol Caro-Bruce
Betty Harris Custer
Jessica Doyle
John Duffy
Karen Falkner
Barb Gerlach
Cathy Gillman
Susan Goodwin
Sandy Gunderson
Steve Hartley
Chris Hodge
John Horn
Betsy Huebel
Colleen Johnson
Karen Knetter
Howard Landsman
Brett Larson
Elaine Lohr
Deb Neff
Beth O’Callaghan
Hannah Pinkerton
Claudia Pogreba
Kathy Price
Judy Reed
Mary Romolino
Jean Rush
Melissa Scholz
Nancy and Dick Schultz
Orange and Dean Schroeder
Megan Spicer
Michael Walsh
Cassidy Wartenweiler
Jessica Yehle